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GAME RECAP: Warriors Come From Behind For Fourth Straight Win

PHOTO: Garrett James/BCHL


OCTOBER 10th, 2017

SURREY, B.C. – The West Kelowna Warriors battled from behind and scored three unanswered goals, along with 32 saves from Nik Amundrud, to spur them to a 3-2 victory over the Surrey Eagles at the South Surrey Arena on Tuesday night.

The game did not get off to a good start for the visitors as Parm Dhaliwal took a penalty just 35 seconds into action and at the 56 second mark, the Eagles opened the scoring on a power move from the left corner by Desi Burgart, sliding the puck through the legs of Warriors starter Cole Demers for a 1-0 Surrey advantage.

The Eagles continued their strong start by getting ahead by a 2-0 score at the 3:44 mark of the 1st period as John Wesley slipped by a pair of Warriors defenders to get to the hash marks. Wesley beat Demers with a shot blocker side to put the Eagles up by a pair and end the night of Demers as the 18-year-old made no saves on two shots giving way to Nik Amundrud.

After that goal, the Warriors went to the attack, outshooting the Eagles by a 13-6 margin in the frame and getting on the board courtesy of the captain. Jared Marino busted down the left-wing side and let a shot go from the left-wing face-off circle, beating Eagles netminder Daniel Davidson for his 5th goal of the season.

The Warriors continued offensive surge by tying the game at the 8:25 mark of the 2nd period as Bennett Norlin centered a pass toward the Eagles goal with two Warriors going to the front of the net. The puck found it’s way to the net where Peter Tomaras batted it home for his 2nd goal of the season and tied the score at 2.

West Kelowna took their first and only lead of the game late in the 2nd period with Marino getting the puck into the offensive zone and passing to Cavin Tilsley in the left face-off circle. Tilsley found an open Norlin in the slot who made no mistake with a shot low to the blocker side of Davidson for his 3rd goal of the season and a 3-2 Warriors lead.

The Eagles pressed in the game’s final period to try and even the score but the Warriors tall as Amundrud turned aside 16 third period shots to finish off a fourth straight victory for the Warriors, defeating the Eagles by a 3-2 score.

The Warriors started the game with Cole Demers who was pulled after 3:44 while making one save on three shots before being relieved by Nik Amundrud who turned aside all 31 shots he faced for his 4th victory of the season. Daniel Davidson got the start in goal for the Eagles, making 34 saves on 37 shots in the defeat.

FINAL SCORE: 3-2 Warriors

FINAL SHOTS ON GOAL: 37-34 Warriors

Warriors PP: 0/5

Warriors PK: 6/7

3 Stars:

1) John Wesley (1-1-2)

2) Nik Amundrud (31 saves on 31 shots)

3) Ty Westgard (0-2-2)

Fortis Energy Player of the Game: Desi Burgart (1-1-2)


The Warriors (8-3-0-0) return home to open up a four-game home stand, starting off against the Wenatchee Wild (5-3-1-0) at Royal LePage Place on Friday night for a 7:00 PM face-off. Tickets are available for purchase through the Warriors office and by calling (250) 769-7051. The game will also be broadcasted live on the Warriors Internet Network as well as HockeyTV.com with a pre-game show getting underway at 6:45 PM.

The Warriors have introduced a new Fan’tatstic Five ticket package that gives fans a chance to experience five of the most highly anticipated games of the season for just $55.55 with games against the Wenatchee Wild, Penticton Vees, Salmon Arm Silverbacks, Vernon Vipers and Victoria Grizzlies. For more information on these packs and all ticket info, visit the Warriors office or call (250) 769-7051.

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